For some members, NATO may not be as valuable as it once was. Going forward, it is possible to imagine a shift away from “collective defense” to a “hub-and-spokes” defense architecture, much like the one already in place in Asia. This would involve a new focus on bilateral relationships over NATO-wide cooperation.
NATO Enters the Trump Era
Italy has long worked to improve ties between NATO and Russia, while urging NATO to focus more on threats facing the alliance’s southern flank, including insecurity resulting from migration. In an email interview, Alessandro Marrone describes Italy’s role in NATO and how this shapes bilateral Italy-U.S. ties.
In response to Russian aggression and other threats, the Netherlands is participating in NATO’s recent deployments in Eastern Europe while upping its defense spending. In an email interview, Dick Zandee describes the role of the Netherlands within NATO and the country’s overall defense preparedness.